Today, we trekked the Sirhowy Valley Walk from Manmoel to Ynysddu. Our friend, Gilles, bravely accompanied us through a day filled with sun and showers, barbed wire and bluebells.
From CC23, we followed a footpath south-west across the field; along the edge of Coed y Llanerch, where we found three sheep skulls and assorted skeletal parts; and down a track back into Manmoel, where we picked up the SVW again.
It was a lovely morning, sunny with white cumulus clouds and a light breeze, which all made for a very pleasant stroll across the fields. We had a spot of trouble at an iron kissing gate (SO 1784 0296) that had been recently wire-fenced up. We were armed with OS Explorer 166 and a compass, so we knew we were definitely on the SVW. We scaled the blockage as best we could and regretted not also being armed with wire cutters. (On Monday, we reported this to the Caerphilly County Borough's Countryside and Landscape Service, who were very helpful and glad to know.)
We reached the cache site without further ado and found the container easily. The beech trees here were absolutely lovely, and we sat in the grass to have our lunch of cold pizza and squash, overlooking the tree-filled valley below.
Thanks for this peaceful vista!